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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2012
    Ahem... Renthing, would look 4 post above yours ?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2012
    Colin Powell endorses Obama for a second term
    TAMPA, Fla.—Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican who served under George W. Bush, declared his support for a second term for President Barack Obama.

    "I voted for him in 2008, and I plan to stick with him in 2012," Powell said Thursday during an interview with "CBS This Morning." "I'll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month."

    Powell said he believed Obama's economic policies were helpful in turning around the sluggish economy, and he criticized Republican challenger Mitt Romney's stance on foreign policy.

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    BBC Ceefax shuts down

    Ceefax was launched on 23 September 1974 to give BBC viewers the chance to check the latest news headlines, sports scores, weather forecast or TV listings - in a pre-internet era where the only alternative was to wait for the next TV or radio bulletin to be aired.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012
    But then, maybe Colin Powell's endorsement shouldn't come as a surprise if you consider that...

    Obama moves to make the War on Terror permanent

    Complete with a newly coined, creepy Orwellian euphemism – 'disposition matrix' – the administration institutionalizes the most extremist powers a government can claim
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012 edited
    @Wood - re: "Thomas Quick" - this reminds me of a similar person, think he was in the US, who seemed to have a penchant for confessing to crimes. It had got to the point that police would basically tour him around, telling him enough about any unsolved case on the books until he could make a semi-detailed confession and they could close the case. I think he reached something staggering like 300 before anyone started to think it might be a bit unlikely. If I think of his name, I'll link it - sure it's on wikipedia somewhere.

    edit: Henry Lee Lucas, confessed to more than 600 murders. Worth a read.
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012 edited
    @ Steve Toase

    Oh yeah, I remember that story. First the article about that mysterious German serial killer, who was sometimes described as a man, sometimes as a woman but had female DNA (a transexual ?), who had accomplices who would never confess to ever knowing her, and would instead insist they were alone (brainwashing ? Some sort of cult ?) and who would operate all over the country... and then someone thought about running DNA tests on the lab assistants, oh what a laugh. Just think about how the police officer must have felt, chasing fo year a criminal who didn't exist.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012
    ...Which reminds me of :

    The mystery of Ireland's worst driver

    He had been wanted from counties Cork to Cavan after racking up scores of speeding tickets and parking fines.

    However, each time the serial offender was stopped he managed to evade justice by giving a different address.

    But then his cover was blown.

    It was discovered that the man every member of the Irish police's rank and file had been looking for - a Mr Prawo Jazdy - wasn't exactly the sort of prized villain whose apprehension leads to an officer winning an award.

    In fact he wasn't even human.

    "Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for "driving licence" and not the first and surname on the licence," read a letter from June 2007 from an officer working within the Garda's traffic division.
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2012
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    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2012 edited
    edit: I misread something
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2012
    Obviously possessed by alien entity, man who fell from space wants to suppress democracy on earth
    Well, that's what the title of this article should have been.

    Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian parachutist who broke the sound barrier by jumping to earth from the stratosphere said in an interview published Sunday he backed the idea of a dictatorship, though a moderate one.

    He told Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung that such a dictatorship should be "led by experienced personalities coming from the private (sector of the) economy" to solve present social and economic problems.

    Schwarzenegger's experience, said Baumgartner, who did not reveal whether the thought came to him during the four minutes and 20 seconds of his descent, showed "you can't do anything in a democracy."
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    Am I a bad person for thinking he's a teensy bit right? (but obviously only in an ideal world - which this clearly isn't)

    Anyone who's played the Civilisation games, or read one of Iain M. Banks' Culture novels knows that a benevolent dictatorship is the way to go.

    Now we just need to work on our AI...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2012 edited
    And how exactly do you make sure this dictatorship is benevolent ?

    I mean, give me one historical example of a benevolent dictator.

    Remember how it went in Europe in the 30's ? People starting to think "this democracy thing is clearly inefficient, what we need is a guy who has truly our country's interedt at heart, and to give him full powers so that he Can Really Change Thing."

    And in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, these guys were brought to power by a great part of the population, and proved to be the bloodthirsty bigoted dumbfucks they are remembered as today.

    I mean, "benevolent"... On which planet do you think you're living ? When was the last time you met a benevolent person ? Let alone a politician ?

    Democracy is far from perfect but at least it gives a guarantee that if the guy in charge proves to be too much of a fuck-up, we get to vote him/her out at the next election.
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    Yeah, yeah, I know. I'll get my coat. :p
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012